Russia Blamed for Ukraine Black Sea Provocation

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Russia Blamed for Ukraine Black Sea Provocation

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Longstanding US-led Western and Israeli policies repeatedly and consistently blame victims for aggression and other wrongdoing committed against them.

Kiev's Sunday Black Sea provocation breached Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Article 19 states that passage is "innocent" as long as not contrary to peace, good order, or security of coastal areas. Otherwise it's "prejudicial" – defining Kiev's unacceptable Sunday provocation.

The right of innocent passage applies only to foreign vessels, not aircraft, other than when exercising the "right of assistance entry" – related to the long-recognized obligation of nations to render assistance in cases of danger or distress at sea.

Innocent passage applies to straits used for international navigation, in accordanc
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